Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Very Warm Welcome Back to Sharon A. Lavy

Is there a story behind Deadly Secret?
Strangely enough, this novel was not triggered by a real life event. But I have always had a soft spot for the underdog, and when I met Danni I knew she and her husband would be falsely accused and the story grew from there.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?
That would be Danni’s mother, Irene. I had to journal with her to understand her motivation. Once I knew, I could be a bit more sympathetic, but not much.

Have you ever written fan fiction?

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
When I wake up in the night with story ideas I write on a notepad. But for my main writing I use the computer because I’ve always had a problem with getting a cramp in my hand.

Do you archive everything you write?
Almost. I have many versions of every manuscript I have written in the past twenty years.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
Yes. Sometimes a new idea does not work and I go back to an archived manuscript and read through it to revive parts of it.

What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written?
The book I finished last. <grin>

How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Just one. I usually have two because when I get stuck with one then I work on another. But since I finished my last project I have not gotten stuck on this one. When I finish the first draft and need to let the manuscript set and mellow, I will begin another story.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?
I don’t know if they are dreams, but I often think about the story as I drift off to sleep and have been awakened with a plot twist I did not know was going to happen. It seems so real I just say, “I did not know that.”

How do you find the time to write?
AGood question. I try to write every day. Some days the words flow; some days they don’t.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
Sometimes my characters quit talking to me. That feels like writers block to me. To get them talking again I often have to journal with the character and find out what is wrong. With my first story, Dreaming of a Father’s Love I have twins named Jason and Nathan. At this time I forget the Last name I first used. But a critique partner said there was a movie star with the same name as one of the twins. So I changed their last name to Grindle. They both refused to cooperate. I had no choice. So I changed their name again. This time to Alexander which was similar to the first name I had used. The story continued after that.

How do people react when they find out you write?
Many in my church family still do not know I write novels. When they find out they either act interested or inform me that they do not read fiction. If it seems appropriate I explain that Jesus taught with story. But often it seems best to just stay silent. I wouldn’t mind knowing how others handle this situation.

What is your current work in progress? Can you tell us about it?
I am working on a book titled Farewell For A While. A young woman mails her invitations one month before the wedding date.
Five days later a major event takes place at the annual conference of her denomination which rocks the stability of her world.
Five days after that, she discovers her family and the family of her future husband are not on the same page. In fact, they may not even be in the same book.

Back Cover

The covering on Evalena Davidson’s head invites all kinds of confidences and sharing, a blessing on Denton Community Hospital’s oncology ward. But people expect her to be perfect, which makes living up to the promise of her Old German Baptist uniform a challenge.

Pete Neper, head of the sanitation department senses unrest among the employees but finds it a challenge to track down the cause.

Danni Wagoner, another oncology nurse is implicated in a drug scam.

Old German Baptist Brethren with their adherence to traditional ways do not get involved with the law. But how can Evalena turn her back on a friend?

This unlikely trio put their lives and reputation at risk to uncover a deadly secret in an attempt to identify a killer before someone else dies.

To buy Sharon's book:

About Sharon
Sharon A Lavy lives with her husband in SW Ohio.
When not reading, writing, or sewing for her family, she enjoys traveling with her husband in his small FlightDesign airplane.
She is best known in the novel writing community, as that German Baptist lady.
In the Old German Baptist community she’s a dressmaker, a pattern maker, and the sister who writes.
And in her own mind she’s a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, but above all a child of God.
 ~~ Her greatest desire is to be a woman after God’s own heart~~ Sharon has a heart for hurting women, and writes women’s fiction. Because when~~it’s all said and done~~It’s all about relationships.

To connect with Sharon:
Website/Blog:  link

@OldOrderTweeter    link

Amazon Author Page

Sharon A. Lavy is giving away a copy of Deadly Secret. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Deb R. said...

Because of where I live, I'm a bit familiar with German Baptists and would love to read this book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Cindi A said...

I'm not familiar with Old German Baptists and would love to learn more.
Deadly Secret sounds like an exciting story. Please enter my name in the drawing to win a copy.

sm said...

Nice to see an author from this blog presented with a book. I am a nurse and would love to read this book. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

The book sounds great. thank you

Patricia Bradley said...

I loved learning more about Sharon, and this book sounds really good. Would love to win it. pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...

Sharon sounds like such an interesting woman, and the book sounds great.

Juliecranford at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon. This story sounds so good. I really, really would love to win it for myself, then could share it. I can't imagine them letting people hurt them or others and not go to the law. I can't find where GOD taught this. I don't think someone can just take one verse on something, but read the whole chapters on a subject.
Keep up the good work and may GOD bless your writing and you. Please put my name in the drawing.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Sharon A Lavy said...

you are all entered in the drawing. Don't forget to leave a comment on both posts for each book offered on our blog posts.

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